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Russia expects new US ambassador to closely follow Russian law — MFA

Lynne Tracy is the first woman to hold the position of US ambassador to Russia

MOSCOW, January 30. /TASS/. New US Ambassador to Russia Lynne Tracy on Monday gave copies of her diplomatic credentials to Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov and was told that she was expected to closely follow Russian law and not meddle in the country’s domestic affairs, the ministry said in a statement following the meeting.

"It has been stressed that the Russian side expects that the ambassador, as she goes about her activities, will closely follow the requirements of Russian law, respect our norms and customs, adhere to the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of the host country," the statement said.

The ministry also said that "in the course of the conversation about some pressing issues of bilateral relations, which have been sharply exacerbated through the fault of Washington, the head of the US diplomatic mission was told the current confrontational policy by the US is counterproductive and has potential for serious negative consequences."

Tracy is the first woman to hold the position of US ambassador to Russia. A career diplomat, she most recently headed the US Embassy in Armenia.